Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
From an Australian magazine.
- 4 1⁄2 ounces unsalted butter
- 2⁄3 cup pecans, toasted
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
- 4 egg whites, beaten lightly
- 6 pecans, for decoration
- Grease 6-friand pan, or muffin pan.
- Melt butter in heavy based saucepan over medium heat, heat until it browns, watching carefully- It should be quite dark and smell nutty, but not burnt; cool.
- Process toasted pecans until finely ground (If unavailable, or you have no processor, use bought ground hazelnuts or almonds).
- Combine pecans, sugar, flour, cooled butter and egg whites in medium bowl, stir well.
- Spoon batter into prepared pan, decorate with a whole pecan on top of each uncooked friand, if desired.
- Bake in preheated oven at 180C, 350F for 20-25 minutes (until lightly browned and puffed up).
- Dust lightly with icing sugar to serve.
The taste of these little beauties was out of this world! There's a rich flavor of toasted nuts and "burnt" butter that just about drove ME nuts. I halved the recipe because I didn't have enough pecans and added almonds to make up the required 1/3 cup of nuts. Honestly I was worried I would end up eating all the batter before I could bake any. Finally baked the 3 "muffins" for about 25 minutes. Will make them in a mini muffin pan next time. Thanks for a terrific recipe! Update: I've found it can use a bit more sugar. The batter tastes just right with the given amount, but it seems to lose some of the sweetness after baking. I added some extra powdered sugar, and it was just perfect. Also, the muffin version was more moist when compared to the mini muffin. Yummy.
These are delicious, tasty, delicacies, just like Marg said. When I seen the pictures that Marg posted and read her review I know I had to make them. I made them in the mini muffin pans. I got 26 mini delicacies. They took about 18 to 20 minutes to bake. DH loves these. They are a good low carb treat. Thank you WaterMelon for posting.
Don't let the fact that these look like muffins fool you. These tasty delicacies are FAR from muffins. A sweet, buttery morsel that melts in your mouth, filling the palate with the essense of toasted pecans. I found them reminiscent of baklava, a pleasure to the tastebuds. Thank you Watermelon for introducing me to this luxurious delight. I know I will be indulging in them again. I'd like to try making them in a mini muffin pan as I think they would make an excellent bite-size treat at a dinner party. BTW, the kids said to give them 10,000 stars!!